Spike National Historic Site witnessed one of the most
important accomplishments of the 19th century, what historian
Stephen Ambrose called "Nothing else like it in all
the world." On May 10, 1869, officials of the Union
Pacific Railroad and Central Pacific Railroad met here
to drive four symbolic spikes (two gold), celebrating
the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.
This event is reenacted every year on the same date. An
annual Railroader's Festival is held the second Saturday
in August, and a winter demonstration of steam powered
engines and Film Festival are held during the last weekend
in December. Working replicas of the 1869 steam locomotives
Jupiter and 119 are in operation from May-October. Located
32 miles west of Brigham City on Hwys. 13 and 83, the
visitor center is open year-round.
Golden Spike was designated as a national historic site
in nonfederal ownership on April 2, 1957, and authorized
for federal ownership and administration by an act of
Congress on July 30, 1965.